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AS the November 2006 U.S. elections approach, insurers are paying close attention to numerous races, knowing the industry has much at stake. At the state level, "they're all important to us because we are a state regulated industry" said John Lobert, senior vice president, state government relations, of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. "The future of insurance rate regulation is of key importance. It takes a strong commissioner to ask the governor to move the industry into the 21st century."

Insurance regulation is also an issue at the national level. "If the Democrats take control of the House, insurance regulatory reform Regulatory Reform concerns improvements to the quality of government regulation.

At the international level, the "OECD Regulatory Reform Programme is aimed at helping governments improve regulatory quality -- that is, reforming regulations that raise unnecessary obstacles to
 will be at risk" said Ben McKay Eric Charles 'Ben' McKay (29 December, 1918 in Cambridge, Tasmania - 11 July, 1976, Hobart) was an independent member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council from 9 May, 1959 until his death in the Electoral division of Pembroke. , PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.

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 senior vice president, federal government relations. "It will doom both the SMART Act and optional federal charter in their current form."

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 race for the industry is in Washington state between incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell Maria E. Cantwell (born October 13, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington and is a member of the Democratic Party. Previously she served in Washington House of Representatives and one term as member of the United States House of Representatives  and Mike McGavick Michael S. "Mike" McGavick (born February 7, 1958 in Seattle, Washington) is a former American business executive and a graduate of the University of Washington.

McGavick was a Republican candidate for the US Senate seat held by Maria Cantwell in the 2006 election, but
, former chief executive officer of Safeco, McKay said. "Having knowledgeable people on the Hill, like McGavick with his insurance background, is good for the industry. If he wins that seat, that will guarantee the Republicans hold the Senate," he said.

The Massachusetts gubernatorial race is significant for the industry because of automobile insurance reform, Lobert said. "Gov. Mitt Romney This article or section contains information about one or more candidates in an upcoming or ongoing election.
Content may change as the election approaches.
 has been supportive of auto reform. With Romney going out of office, will the new governor be interested in keeping reform going?" he said.

Best's Review's coverage of gubernatorial and insurance commissioner races, as well as previews of important state ballot issues, state Supreme Court races and possible changes in key committees of the House of Representatives and Senate, begins on page 26.

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